Help Me Quit Smoking

I tried my 1st cigarette about 5 days ago..and already have smoked 12. After I tried one..I was hooked. All I could/can think about is lighting up just ONE MORE TIME.  I do not want to become a smoker like my parents and brother. I feel absolutely stupid for getting myself addicted and I just can't make myself stop.  Please, any advice that could help me kick this habit?


It is absolutely AWESOME that you have written to me and that you desire to quit smoking.  You are young, and the addiction has not progressed very far yet - so you are a perfect candidate to quit!  As you know, far too many people let their addiction progress over many years, making it harder and harder to quit.

I have never smoked cigarettes, but I did struggle with smoking weed as a young teen, and was finally able to quit.  Looking back, as an adult, I am so glad that I made the decision to quit when I was younger.  I have saved myself tons of money, protected my lungs from all of those unhealthy chemicals, and (for me) quitting weed removed me eventually from a group of friends who were not a very positive influence.  I have no regrets that I eventually quit - even though it was not easy - and neither will you!

I did a quick Google search and I think the best information I found which will help you to quit is here -

kidshealth.org

I think for me one of the biggest things that helped me to quit was making myself accountable to a few good friends.  They would regular ask me how I was doing, and if I ever messed up I promised that I would tell them.  In my case, they were also a spiritual group of friends, who were willing to pray with me and for me when I was tempted.  Do you have any friends like that?

Another huge help for me was my relationship with God.  I don't know where you are at with God, but if you do have a relationship with Him, ask for His help.  I prayed A LOT when I was trying to quit, and God answered my prayers and gave me strength.  I even remember one time at a party, going into a bathroom and getting on my knees to pray since I was tempted SOOOO bad.  God heard that prayer, and when I got up off of my knees and went back into the party, the temptation was far less.  Anyone who has ever been serious about overcoming an addiction has found great strength in calling upon a "higher power".  My higher power is Jesus.  How is your relationship with God?

Finally, if you are Catholic, I strongly advise you to go to Confession. There is forgiveness in that sacrament for bad choices we've made, and we also receive grace to avoid making bad choices in the future.  I think you will feel better about yourself if you go - soon.  When is the last time you went to Confession?

Feel free to keep me posted as to how you are doing.  You are in my prayers

God Bless,

Paul